December '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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30 || P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 STITCH LENGTH An embroidery machine is capable of moving in .1mm incre- ments. However, there is not a machine in the world that can ac- tually form stitches at that value. The safe zone for a stitch length is 1mm. Once you break the 1mm threshold, the diameter of the needle is such that you can't place the next stitch without rubbing against a previous stitch, which can weaken the thread and cause it to break. Another issue with creating stitches below the 1mm THREAD ... ACCORDING TO ED

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